HOUSTON Houston Police are on the lookout for two masked men who terrorized a local couple just blocks away from their home.
The quiet on the corner of Rose and Roy was shattered by the sound of pure fear. Shrill screams from a couple fleeing for their lives.
Ah wow man that s crazy, said Clarence Henderson. Just the sound of it.
That s scary very scary, said Stacey Viviano.
It happened just after midnight Sunday morning as a couple walked home. With less than a block to go, a lightly colored four-door Cadillac sedan pulled up, the door opened and a man with a ski mask pointed a gun right at their heads.
They screamed and fled towards their neighbor s front door. The suspects sped off. Home surveillance cameras were rolling the whole time.
It s pretty shocking especially having a little one to see something like that, said Rice Military resident Kevin Dikes. That can change somebody s life real quick.
Parents in the Rice Military neighborhood are stunned. The brazen hold up happened right across from their child s day care on a street they re counting on to be safe. Now, one man s screams are wiping away that sense of safety.
I can tell you this, I called the police a lot, they probably have my name in their rolodex, said neighbor Alice Smith.
Neighbors said they ve seen an uptick in crime. There have been car break-ins, burglaries and now this brazen robbery attempt at gunpoint.
Whatever they re trying to get out of it, they re going to ruin that couple s life for sure, said Dikes.
Neighbors are relieved the couple in this case wasn t hurt. Now they are banding together to make sure the gun-wielding crooks don t try it again.
It could have been a lot worse, said Dikes. But it s something to think about, in what s generally a pretty nice neighborhood.
The Rice Military neighborhood will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss community issues including ongoing safety issues. It will take place at the DePelchin Center at 7 p.m.